OBITUARY

Brenda M. Hopkins

November 13, 1945January 20, 2019
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Brenda M. Hopkins, age 73, of Morristown, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at her residence. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hopkins Sr; and parents, John and Bonnie Cloud. Survivors include her son, John (Terri) Hopkins Jr; daughters, Diane Hopkins, Donna (Tom) Fowler, and Amy (Carlton) Baker; grandchildren, Mindy Hopkins and Ashley Fowler; brother, Steve Cloud; sisters, Margie Ellis and Pam Kubisiak; beloved cat, Oscar; and numerous friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
REMEMBERING

Brenda M. Hopkins

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Geneva Harris

January 23, 2019

Going back about 54 years, I remember a young woman filled with love for Ronald's cousin, John. She and I were finding our way through new responsibilities and new relationships with the loves of our life. We confided in each other in an effort to make right choices. Those young years were bonding years. Brenda will always remain in my memory as caring person that put much effort into raising her family. She also put much effort into growing in her relationship with God. I am not saying goodbye to you Brenda. I am saying see you and John soon
Geneva Harris

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She was always ready to take on the world!

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Brenda & Family

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Brenda with her parents, sister Margie, and Brother Steve.

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What a Mischevious Smile!

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Brenda and June Mahan.

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Brenda with her Mother, Sister Pam, and Brother Steve.

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Brenda and Family.

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Brenda and Aunt Ollie. Two peas in a pod.

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Brenda!

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She was always ready to take on the world!

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Brenda & Family

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Brenda with her parents, sister Margie, and Brother Steve.

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What a Mischevious Smile!

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Brenda and June Mahan.

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Brenda with her Mother, Sister Pam, and Brother Steve.

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Brenda and Family.

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Brenda and Aunt Ollie. Two peas in a pod.

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Brenda!

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Mom and Dad with their first born!

Biography

When Brenda Hopkins was born, she weighed less than 2 pounds, and no one expected her to live. In an age when Neo-Natal Care was non-existent, it was Brenda's tenacity and the will of God that allowed her to thrive when other's expected her to die. Brenda's tenaciousness served her well all her life. She was always as tough as nails. She loved life in all its aspects, and her outlook affected all that knew her.

Brenda was born on November 13, 1945 at her parents' house in Hancock County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of John and Bonnie Cloud. Brenda was raised in Sneedville, Tennessee. She was the mischievous one of the family, and often brought a smile with her antics. Once, when Brenda was little, she wanted candy, so she went to her uncle’s store, and she hid under the floor until the store closed. Then she crept out of her hiding place, and gorged herself on candy till she felt sick. She spent a long night in the store waiting for her uncle to open up in the morning, so she could sneak out. When she got home, her parent’s wondered why she didn’t feel so good (Too Much Candy! LOL)

Brenda had three siblings. She had one older sister, Margie, one older brother Steve, and one younger sister, Pam. She loved all of her family, but was especially protective of her younger sister Pam. She could never resist a dare from her older brother, Steve, who affectionately called her Rusty or Brendy. Together they got into much shenanigans. She was the Apple of Pa's Eye. She would talk to her sister Margie every day when they were older and on their own.

As a young girl, Brenda was able to talk to anybody, and she never met a stranger. People used to call her John Cloud's Little Motor-Mouth. Brenda took part in running, jumping, playing, and getting into trouble - usually on a dare from her older brother (like getting chased by a bull, and jumping down into a grave and getting trapped in it overnight) She was a Bible camp counselor. In her spare time she loved to read. Brenda's memorable achievements included winning a prize for memorizing the most Bible verses (over 300!) for Bible camp. She made home-made wine and got the chickens drunk on the farm. Brenda had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she undertook.

When she was in high school, Brenda left school to get her eyes checked. She just got up and walked to town to have her eyes checked and get brand new glasses. This was the type of spontaneous thing that Brenda did. Also when she was in school, her brother dared her to get on the playground and call a teacher, "Hey Cobby, Cob Cob". She got a spanking for that after the teacher ran her down...but so did her brother after she told on him at home. She and Steve were cohorts in many rambunctious adventures. She graduated from Hancock County High School in 1963. Her favorite class in high school was English. The teacher she liked the most was Lon Seal.

Brenda did well in college as a result of her love of learning, which she passed on to her children. She earned her Nurse Assistant certificate in 1979. Her favorite course was Microbiology. Brenda graduated at the top of her class with the highest score on the certification test. Brenda was always in quest of new things to learn and experience. Her love of learning lasted her entire life.

With a talent for making acquaintances easily, she had an endless stream of friends. Brenda was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Brenda was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Thelma Jean Trent, Patsy Johnson, and Cecil Horton. Later in life, she became friends with Loraine Mullins, Phyllis Kinsler, Shelby Trent, Randy Riddle, Patsy Johnson, Ana-Mae Ellis, Frankie Moyers, Bill and Wendy Elliott, and too many to name.

On January 21, 1966 Brenda married John Andrew Hopkins at John Cloud's house of Sneedville, Tennessee. They were married nearly 50 years. She was quite sensitive towards John's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Brenda was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family. Very soon after they were married, their little family started to grow...and grow.

Brenda was a natural at parenting. She considered parenting to be her primary calling in life. She gave her children the most precious gift of all, unconditional love, and taught them how to love others. Although she wanted 10 children, Brenda was blessed with four living children: a son Johnny, twins Diane and Donna, and baby Amy, and three children that died at birth. Brenda was also blessed with two grandchildren, Mindy Hopkins and Ashley Fowler.
Brenda once said that having children was the greatest desire that she had that God allowed to be realized. She never ran out of love to give.

Brenda was employed for several years as a Nursing Assistant at Life Care Center giving much love to the patients, which was one of her callings in life. Her gentle and compassionate nature led her to try to give her little patients the same type of unconditional love that she gave her children. Even after she retired, Brenda worked selflessly as a volunteer for Life Care and Heritage Nursing Homes, working to give people love and attention.

Her favorite pursuits were reading, wheeling and dealing, and raising money for charity. Brenda worked tirelessly to collect donations for Shriner's Hospital, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. She was officially recognized for her efforts in raising funds for Shriner's Children's Hospital. She also worked on behalf of many individuals in the Morristown community who needed food or money for medical matters. Even when she did not have a vehicle, Brenda would walk all over town gathering funds to help people. Many Christmases, she would make sure that the patients in the nursing homes in the area had presents. Her children often would help her wrap the presents like socks, toothbrushes, etc. No matter what was happening in her life, her ever-present concern for others always took precedence over her own needs.

Throughout her life, Brenda was actively involved in the Mother with Twins Club. She was extremely proud of being the mother of twins. She was always proud of her special girls.

Brenda was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of Stony Gap Baptist Church for 10 years and later a member of Macedonia Baptist Church for 53 years. During that time, she was a prayer warrior. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest.

Brenda was a bit of a homebody, but she enjoyed riding out in the countryside with her family. She was fond of picnics on the roadside and in parks (Remember Dirt Burgers and 70 degree weather in February? LOL) Brenda did get to take a few vacations. Her favorite vacations included trips to Florida, Illinois, the Lemon Tree Inn, and Abraham Lincoln's birth place.

Brenda loved many animals over the years. Her beloved cat, Oscar, was her close companion for 9 years until Brenda's death. She was exceptionally close to Baby, Christmas, Ke Ke Be Be, Boo Boo, Ash, and many other animals over the years.

Brenda Hopkins passed away on January 20, 2019 at her home in Morristown, Tennessee. She is survived by her children Johnny, Diane, Donna, and Amy; her grandchildren Mindy and Ashley; her brother Steve and her sisters Margie and Pam. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home.

Brenda was a dynamic person. She was kind, gentle, and compassionate, but fiercely protective of those she loved. She was an extremely independent woman, and her children looked to her for inspiration, courage, advice, and wisdom. She was a flame that burned brightly and touched so many lives positively. She loved and lived her life to the fullest, and was a great example to her children in the living of their lives.